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After ten years of living on an isolated, tech-free ranch with her mother, sixteen-year-old Hedda is going back to the world of the Glare-her word for cell phones, computers, and tablets. Hedda was taught to be afraid of technology, afraid that it would get inside her mind and hurt her. But now she's going to stay with her dad in California, where she was born, and she's ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 14th 2020 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jesse Sutanto
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My allocated reading times are: 1. When I’m on the treadmill, and 2. When I’m curled up in bed.

But I couldn’t read THE GLARE in bed...because HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS IT IS SO CREEPY. But that’s okay, because THE GLARE is so good that I found myself looking forward to my treadmill sessions. Yes, this book is so good that it made me look forward to EXERCISING. If that’s not magical, then I don’t know what is.

The beginning made me think it was going to be like a Black Mirror-ish type thing where
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CherryCarrot
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's kind of ironic that I read The Glare at a time when I was trying to cut down on my own screen time. Otherwise, I think I would quite happily have sailed through this in a sitting or two - the writing is lovely, with an absorbing slow burn plot that draws you in and then accelerates in the second half as the stakes increase. The premise - an addictive first person shooter where, if you die thirteen times on level thirteen, you die in real life - comes straight from horror land, and while ...more
Karen Hattrup
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the description of this book as soon as I read it: 16-year-old Hedda was raisedan isolated ranch & taught to fear technology, and when she returns to real world, she gets caught up in a deadly video game on the dark web - AHHH! The eeriness of the story creeps up on you slowly and steadily, making you question what's real, until all hell breaks loose, leading toward a wild, rewarding showdown at the end. The approach to technology is delicately handled - the book's not trying to make ...more
Muhemed Masika
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Does he know?
Nicole Lesperance
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You will never look at your phone the same way again after reading this! This was one of the most chilling books I've read, and I loved that it's scary on two levels. First, there's all this downright terrifying stuff happening to the characters as a result of them playing the Glare, but second, on a more subtle and worrying level, there is all this stuff about the internet, addiction, social media, gaming, and the ways screens have taken over pretty much all areas of our lives. I found it ...more
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I was raised in the wilds of New York by lovely, nonviolent parents who somehow never managed to prevent me from staying up late to read scary books. I now work at an alt-weekly newspaper in Vermont, where my favorite part of the job is, of course, reviewing scary books and movies. The Killer in Me is my first novel.
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